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196x Smith Corona Classic 12 Serial # 995 196x Smith Corona Classic 12 typewriter, Serial # 995 James Gifford's 196x Smith Corona Classic 12 typewriter. 2020-08-22 From the Virtual Typewriter Collection of James Gifford: 196x Smith Corona Classic 12 Serial # 995 I have several SCM machines and couldn't resist the chocolate brown or the huge tab key running above the top bank of keys. It's a machine of its time, I'd say late 1960s or early 1970s. I searched high and low for a serial number, and the only number I could find was a painted 995 (pictured), which repeats--or the serial number is 995995. I can't imagine a painted-on serial number, however, that makes no sense. If anyone can help clarify, please do! I'm trying to figure out what the key with the down arrow and the two tilted keys that look like legs does. The case looks more like an electric typewriter case or perhaps a gun case, and it's almost impossible to close. Despite its immense size (typewriter and case), it's actually quite light. It features the sliding ribbon cover shared by my Galaxie II. Made in Canada. The original paperwork came with it, in the original plastic bag.

196x Smith Corona Classic 12 #995

Status: My Collection
Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)
Created: 09-03-2016 at 02:57AM
Last Edit: 08-22-2020 at 04:13PM


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I have several SCM machines and couldn't resist the chocolate brown or the huge tab key running above the top bank of keys. It's a machine of its time, I'd say late 1960s or early 1970s. I searched high and low for a serial number, and the only number I could find was a painted 995 (pictured), which repeats--or the serial number is 995995. I can't imagine a painted-on serial number, however, that makes no sense. If anyone can help clarify, please do! I'm trying to figure out what the key with the down arrow and the two tilted keys that look like legs does. The case looks more like an electric typewriter case or perhaps a gun case, and it's almost impossible to close. Despite its immense size (typewriter and case), it's actually quite light. It features the sliding ribbon cover shared by my Galaxie II. Made in Canada. The original paperwork came with it, in the original plastic bag.

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The hideous gun case.
The hideous gun case.


Serial number? Or perhaps a serviceman's reference number?
Serial number? Or perhaps a serviceman's reference number?

Hunter: James Gifford (giffer)

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I am a writer and book editor as well as a collector of typewriters. It started with an Hermes 3000 desktop, which I stupidly sold last year, but now another sits on my desk for typing envelopes with a beautiful sans serif typeface. I type every day on different machines in my collection, which stands at about 60 at the moment. Favourites include my two 3000s, a 1930s Smith-Corona Silent, the Olivetti Studio 44 (red case), and a crinkle, chrome-encircled Royal Quiet Deluxe. I have also been finding very inexpensive Royal 10s of late; I currently own three, two from the 1910s and the other a later model, and another (1931) I sold to a friend at cost for his son, who appreciates vintage things. I am always on the lookout for new and interesting machines and often trade or sell to try new models. Living and working in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.



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